From the Beeches you can walk directly up on to Sale Fell and Ling Fell, and across to Lords Seat, overlooking the Whinlatter Pass. Short car or bus journeys give access to the northern and western fells, and the valleys of Thirlmere, Borrowdale, Newlands, Buttermere, Ennerdale, Wasdale and Eskdale. The nearest valley contains Bassenthwaite Lake, with Skiddaw forming an impressive backdrop.

The Keswick Tourism Association has a range of walk descriptions available for downloading at

Skiddaw looking across Bassenthwaite 

Looking into the Embleton Valley, photo courtesy of Les Brice Cycling

The C2C cycle route passes through Wythop Mill, and there are a range of cycle routes which can be taken from The Beeches, both on and off road. Cycles can be hired locally, and storage is available at The Beeches.

The Coast

The coast is just fifteen miles away, with scenery varying from the sandstone cliffs at St.Bees, the port of Whitehaven, to the mudflats of the Solway estuary, famous for its nature reserve. At The Beeches you will find a wide selection of leaflets detailing these local attractions.


Boating is allowed on several of the lakes, with excursions available on passenger ferries, yachting and dinghy sailing from the local marinas, and canoeing for the more energetic.

Sailboats on Bassenthwaite 
photo courtesy of Les Brice


The Ospreys

The Lake District Osprey Project is based at the nearby Whinlatter Pass, and the telescope viewing point is across Bassenthwaite Lake at Dodd Wood. For more information visit their website:


This part of the Lake District is one of very few areas in Britain where Red Squirrels still survive, and we have a family living in the wood across the lane. One of them can often be seen taking nuts and seeds from the bird feeder, either to eat or bury in the lawn.

red squirrel on the bird feeder

The Local Towns & Shopping

The local towns are Keswick and Cockermouth. Keswick is a busy town, with lots of good shopping, especially for outdoor clothing and equipment, and there is a Booth's supermarket. Cockermouth is more of a typical market town, and has a wide range of shops, including a Sainsbury's supermarket, Co-op and Aldi. Both towns have a good range of pubs, take-aways and restaurants.

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